i love the kite, and maybe this is all my fault for buying used but i have just gone through my 2nd bladder (and associated leading edge tear). The first one the blew while sitting overhead (not moving) in wind that wasn’t even strong enough to keep me upwin with a mako king. the 2nd time was a kite crash but it didn’t seem to be that hard. I’ve never blown a bladder in 5 years of kiting until now ( i still own 4 year old best kites still on original bladders). I strongly prefer the rise but this has left me stranded twice now.
My concern / question is: How do i know I am putting in a bladder that is not problematic when i get them from a dealer? Are there serial numbers i can check with you? details i can look for that would suggest what era of bladder they are?
the particular dealer has been good to me in that they keep sending the bladders but i am now questioning if that could be costing me as i keep paying for the kites to be repaired…
Any insight is appreciated.